Now you are ready to address workplace depression, but may be wondering where to begin.
Knowing the prevalence, business cost, and human toll of depression, you can appreciate the rationale for developing a strategy to address depression in the workplace and increase help-seeking behaviors. The information in this section will help you leverage and build on the resources in your workplace, creating a supportive community to help those who have depression or are at risk of developing it.
We acknowledge that every organization has its own culture, needs, and resources. There is no one-size-fits-all approach; however, we offer guidelines and information for your consideration. (For more guided assistance, please see the “Real Solutions” section.)
Your organization may have:
- No pre-existing culture of well-being. This depression initiative may be your first effort in this direction. You can get started with some of the ideas presented here. Please visit www.beaconhealthoptions.com for more guidance on building a healthy culture infrastructure.
- Pre-existing culture of well-being but no mental health/depression focus. The information here can help you expand your existing programming.
- Pre-existing culture of well-being and existing mental health/depression focus. This section will help you assess your efforts thus far and provide ideas to further strengthen your programming.
You can begin to make meaningful changes that support and improve the organization today. We offer information to help you:
- Assess the effect of depression in your workplace
- Inventory and evaluate existing programs
- Plan and execute the workplace depression initiative
- Develop a communication strategy
- Continuously evaluate (progress and results) the workplace depression initiative
A conceptual workplace health model can be found here.